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Divine Mercy Sunday

Learn more about Divine Mercy Sunday, the Octave of Easter

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The icon of the Divine Mercy (© Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the B.V.M.)

The icon of the Divine Mercy (Vilnius image)

© Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the B.V.M.

Introduction to Divine Mercy Sunday:

Divine Mercy Sunday, celebrated on the Octave of Easter (the Sunday after Easter Sunday), is a relatively new addition to the Roman Catholic liturgical calendar. Celebrating the Divine Mercy of Jesus Christ, as revealed by Christ Himself to St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, this feast was extended to the entire Catholic Church by Pope John Paul II on April 30, 2000, the day that he canonized Saint Faustina.

Quick Facts:
 Date: The Sunday after Easter Sunday; see When Is Divine Mercy Sunday 2014? for the date this year.
 Type of Feast: Solemnity
 Readings: Acts 5:12-16; Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24; Revelation 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19; John 20:19-31 (full text here)
 Prayers: Divine Mercy NovenaDivine Mercy Chaplet
 Other Names for the Feast: The Octave of Easter, Second Sunday of Easter, Low Sunday, Thomas Sunday

History:

A plenary indulgence (the forgiveness of all temporal punishment resulting from sins that have already been confessed) is granted on the Feast of Divine Mercy if to all the faithful who go to Confession, receive Holy Communion, pray for the intentions of the Holy Father, and "in any church or chapel, in a spirit that is completely detached from the affection for a sin, even a venial sin, take part in the prayers and devotions held in honour of Divine Mercy, or who, in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament exposed or reserved in the tabernacle, recite the Our Father and the Creed, adding a devout prayer to the merciful Lord Jesus (e.g. 'Merciful Jesus, I trust in you!')."

A partial indulgence (the remission of some temporal punishment from sin) is granted to the faithful "who, at least with a contrite heart, pray to the merciful Lord Jesus a legitimately approved invocation."

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